October 15, 2014
by kimberlyeaton
Portal partners, ASSEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Long Distance Voter is so pleased to formally promote our PARTNER PORTAL tool. If you have a website and are as enthusiastic about the vote-by-mail movement as we are, you can help provide FREE easy access to absentee ballots for your visitors!
Sign up on our site is a snap and will automatically provide the embed code for you. Stop on by! The amazing people at HeadCount.org already have, and you can check out how snazzy the portal looks here!

Portal partners, ASSEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Long Distance Voter is so pleased to formally promote our PARTNER PORTAL tool. If you have a website and are as enthusiastic about the vote-by-mail movement as we are, you can help provide FREE easy access to absentee ballots for your visitors!

Sign up on our site is a snap and will automatically provide the embed code for you. Stop on by! The amazing people at HeadCount.org already have, and you can check out how snazzy the portal looks here!

October 14, 2014
by kimberlyeaton
Haters gonna hate, but voter fraud is extremely rare. Only 31 potential instances of this kind of fraud have been found between 2000 and 2014, out of over 1 billion ballots cast during that time period.Voter fraud is often purported to be a much greater cause for concern as a way to justify debilitating voter ID laws. 

Haters gonna hate, but voter fraud is extremely rare. Only 31 potential instances of this kind of fraud have been found between 2000 and 2014, out of over 1 billion ballots cast during that time period.

Voter fraud is often purported to be a much greater cause for concern as a way to justify debilitating voter ID laws. 

Voter ID laws are racist. Here’s how you can use absentee voting to avoid them.

October 13, 2014
by debracleaver

This is both a shameless plug and a loud call-to-action. Voter ID laws are a direct attack on progressive voter turnout, and our voters are going to be hit hard at the polls in November. Fortunately, voter ID laws rarely apply to people who vote by mail.  Moreover, voting by mail is becoming easier while all other forms of voting (voter reg, voting in person, early voting, same day registration) are under attack.

Long Distance Voter has identified states where we can use absentee voting and vote-by-mail (VBM) to side-step voter ID laws and increase voter turnout.  These states require ID at the polls, but will let anyone vote by mail for whatever reason without providing ID.  We’re looking at ten target states, which Florida and Georgia being the most important.  

So what’s the plan?

Long Distance Voter  has built an online tool that helps people sign up to vote-by-mail, and we want to give it to you, for free, to use on your sites and as part of your GOTV programs.  Think of it as a companion tool to the Rock the Vote registration tool.

What’s in it for you and your organization/candidate/etc?

People who use the tool on your site (or via your emails) will be tagged with your org name and ID in our database.  You’ll be able to download all of their data, including email address, home address, gender, DOB, political affiliation, ethnicity and cell phone number.  You can chase the heck out of these people to get them to vote, you can add them to your lists, etc.

What’s in it for Long Distance Voter?

We love democracy and we love technology and this is our chance to see our beloved technology adopted by awesome groups.

How much does the tool cost?

The tool itself is free and always will be. While we’re in beta (i.e. all of 2014), we’re also offering full access to the data gathered via the tool at no cost to partners. It’s our way of saying “thank you for being an early adopter.”  This is a great chance to turn that giant email list of yours into a list that includes home address, cell phone, gender, age, political affiliation, and ethnicity.

How do you get started?

  1. Sign up for an account here: https://partners.longdistancevoter.org
  2. Copy the iframe embed code
  3. Embed the tool on your site by cutting and pasting the embed code wherever you’d like the tool to appear.

Anything else you should know?

The tool doesn’t actually fill out the forms for people, because there are over 50 forms and we decided to spend our dollars and engineering resources elsewhere. We’ve had over 12,000 users via our site in the last month so far and not one has complained about this, so I think we’re ok.

Questions? Comments? Email debra@longdistancevoter.org

October 10, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Hey Rhode Island voters, don’t wait to apply for your absentee ballot! The deadline is next Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Hey Rhode Island voters, don’t wait to apply for your absentee ballot! The deadline is next Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Wisconsin and Texas get a lot more vote-y

October 10, 2014
by carlsnodgrass

Big news for both Texas and Wisconsin voters who don’t have access to special forms of ID this election.

The Supreme Court just ruled Wisconsin’s (super last-minute, super disenfranchisey) voter ID law implementation unconstitutional. So there’s no special voter ID required to vote in Wisconsin again.

Even more surprising, a judge for the Southern District of Texas threw out Texas’s strict photo ID law, calling it “an unconstitutional poll tax.” So now there’s no special voter ID required to vote in Texas.

October 6, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
The deadline to register to vote in Illinois and New Mexico is Tuesday, and Missouri’s is Wednesday.
Don’t miss out. Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today! http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

The deadline to register to vote in Illinois and New Mexico is Tuesday, and Missouri’s is Wednesday.

Don’t miss out. Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today! http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

October 3, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Washington State, and DC.
Don’t miss out! Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today: http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Washington State, and DC.

Don’t miss out! Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today: http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

October 2, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Still need to register to vote? Now’s the time!
Mail in your registration TOMORROW if you live in Alaska, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah (by-mail, Utahans can still register in person until Monday, October 27, 2014).
Don’t miss out! Visit Long Distance Voter and mail your voter registration application.

Still need to register to vote? Now’s the time!

Mail in your registration TOMORROW if you live in Alaska, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah (by-mail, Utahans can still register in person until Monday, October 27, 2014).

Don’t miss out! Visit Long Distance Voter and mail your voter registration application.

Pennsylvanians: It’s a big day for us!

May 20, 2014
by carlsnodgrass

Obviously, the Primary is today. So find your polling place and get there before 8pm!

But did you also know, today’s the day Judge Jones will release his decision on Pennsylvania’s marriage equality case (Whitewood v. Wolf)? Big news coming out after 2pm. Stay tuned. (While you vote.)

UPDATE: Marriage Equality is a-go! Read the decision.

May 20, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
rockthevote:

There are a bunch of primary elections on the calendar today! Is your state on the list? Visit http://rockthevote.com/election-center/ to find all the info you need to Rock the Vote.
Polls are open (for each respective time zone) in:
Georgia from 7am to 7pm
Pennsylvania from 7am to 8pm
Kentucky from 6am to 6pm
Arkansas from 7:30am to 7:30pm
Idaho from 8am to 8pm
Oregon (return ballot to drop off site by 8pm)

rockthevote:

There are a bunch of primary elections on the calendar today! Is your state on the list? Visit http://rockthevote.com/election-center/ to find all the info you need to Rock the Vote.

Polls are open (for each respective time zone) in:

Georgia from 7am to 7pm

Pennsylvania from 7am to 8pm

Kentucky from 6am to 6pm

Arkansas from 7:30am to 7:30pm

Idaho from 8am to 8pm

Oregon (return ballot to drop off site by 8pm)

May 13, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Donate to Long Distance Voter by Monday, May 19, and your donation will be DOUBLED. 
We have an anonymous donor who will match donations up to $15,000!
We have individual pages for the same cause, so you can choose who to give for:
Debra
Carl
Renee
Man Cini
Tom
or start your own on our behalf…

Donate to Long Distance Voter by Monday, May 19, and your donation will be DOUBLED.

We have an anonymous donor who will match donations up to $15,000!

We have individual pages for the same cause, so you can choose who to give for:

or start your own on our behalf…

OK, Oklahoma, what are you thinking?

April 9, 2014
by carlsnodgrass

Man, I’d really like to blog about GOOD news in voting more often.

But then I come across something like this from Oklahoma:

SB 1466, signed by the Governor on April 9, 2012, limits the number of absentee ballot affidavits a notary public may acknowledge to twenty, unless written approval is obtained from the secretary of the county election board.

I learned about this back in early 2013 and was flabbergasted. I came across it again today while updating our info and remembered just how insane it is.

Oklahoma requires absentee voters to get their ballots notarized or they will be rejected. Oklahoma was then apparently all, Sure, that makes voting *hard*, but what can we do to make it *even harder*? Oh right, we can say each notary can only notarize a maximum of 20 voters’ ballots. So, if your area has 1 notary and 21 absentee voters, good luck with that!

Stay klassy, Oklahoma.

North Carolina for the not-win

March 31, 2014
by carlsnodgrass

All right, North Carolina. That’s enough changing your laws all over the place already.

Sure, your big in-person voter photo ID law doesn’t happen until 2016. But you seem to have forgotten to mention that you’ve recently changed some other important stuff.

First, you finally made an official state form for absentee ballot requests. That’s kind of nice, since, prior to that, you required voters to actually type or handwrite a request themselves, making it hard for us to make sure people put the proper information on their requests, since you actually forbade us creating a ready-made application.

But now you will only accept the official form? You might want to, you know, make a little  effort to make sure people know that. I mean seriously, your site doesn’t even mention how things used to be or that you recently changed the entire way voters have to request their absentee ballot.

Then you go ahead and eliminate voter registration from One Stop Absentee Voting, and, again, kinda pretend it just never existed. Do you want voters to feel like they’re crazy? (‘Say, I could swear we used to be able to register to vote and vote all at once during the early voting period.’ ‘Nope. You’re wrong. Explanation: unnecessary.’) Plus, without voter registration, calling it “One Stop” seems a little, I don’t know, not true?

OK, OK, I know. I’m being a little bit hard on you and singling you out. Do you deserve it? Absolutely. Are you the worst offenders when it comes to needless complexity and lack of transparency in voting? Arguably, yes. But are only ones making trouble? No. And I know that. I’m just sayin’, no more surprises for a while, OK? We good?

March 24, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
2014 is a big election year. Voter ID laws are a pain.
We’ve got you covered. Reblog to spread the knowledge.
http://www.longdistancevoter.org/2014-voter-id-laws

2014 is a big election year. Voter ID laws are a pain.

We’ve got you covered. Reblog to spread the knowledge.

http://www.longdistancevoter.org/2014-voter-id-laws

January 17, 2014
by carlsnodgrass

This is a huge deal.

As the associate director of a nonpartisan voter advocacy org, I think this is a step in the right direction — reform needs to focus on increasing access and participation in no small part because there is no demonstrable voter fraud problem but a huge disenfranchisement problem.

As a Philadelphia resident and voter, I think this is the dang ol’ bee’s knees. Congrats to all my friends at the ACLU of PA. Good job.